February 22, 2007 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Robotic Assisted Prostatectomy Offers Patient's Quicker Recovery Times and Much Less Pain Than Conventional Surgery

Live Webcast: From Springfield Hospital: February 22, 2007 4:00 PM EST (21:00 UTC)

SPRINGFIELD, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 22, 2007 -- Surgeons from Springfield Hospital, a Crozer-Keystone Health System hospital, will demonstrate and discuss the use of robotic surgery in the treatment of prostate cancer live on With the FDA approved da Vinci® Surgical System, David Samadi, MD, director of Robotics, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Crozer-Keystone consultant, will perform a robotic-assisted prostatectomy live. Dr. James O'Connell will assist.

The event will be moderated by Dr. Frank D'elia, Dr. Kenneth Weismann, and Dr. Ilya Volfson who will explain critical portions of the procedure as Dr. Samadi operates. The physicians will be able to respond to viewers' email questions throughout the live event, as well.

The da Vinci® System features a special console that has hand and foot controls to move the robotic arms. A tiny 3-D camera is used to help the surgeon see as he performs intricate surgical procedures. The da Vinci® translates the surgeons natural hand motions at the control console into corresponding movements of the robotic instruments. The precision of movement as well as the minimally invasive nature of this technology provide substantially improved outcomes for patients, especially in the treatment of prostrate cancer. These benefits include less post-operative pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery.

In the early stages, prostate cancer treatment options may include radical prostatectomy, radiation and/or watchful waiting. Now utilizing the latest technology in robotics and computer technology, Crozer-Keystone urologists can offer patients the effective option of robotic-assisted prostatectomies, an improved alternative for patients whose cancer is confined to the prostate and are otherwise in good health. According to James O'Connell, M.D., chief of the Section of Genito-Urinary Surgery at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, prostate surgery has changed dramatically over the years. "First there was traditional open radical prostatectomies, requiring an 8-10 inch incision and resulting in blood loss and uncomfortable recovery. Then came conventional laparoscopy, which is minimally invasive, but requires the surgeon to look up and away from the instruments to a nearby two-dimensional video monitor to see an image of the anatomy. Now, the robot is revolutionizing the procedure with its three-dimensional images, brilliant color and natural depth of field."

da Vinci® is a registered trademark of Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG).

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